Summary, Prices, Specs

By July 22, 2013

Summary

The 2014 Fiat 500L is a good alternative for families who don't want to sacrifice looks for utility. While it has a few idiosyncrasies, the 500L offers head-turning design, solid driving dynamics and class-leading cargo space.

Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Fiat 500L in Baltimore, Maryland.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Fiat 500L Pop ($19,100); Easy ($20,195); Trekking ($21,195); Lounge ($24,195)
Engines:160-hp turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:6-speed manual, 6-speed twin clutch
Safety equipment (standard):multistage front airbags, front seat- mounted side airbags, side-curtain front airbags, driver's knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control, hill start assist
Safety equipment (optional):rear park assist, rearview camera
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Kragujevac, Serbia
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Fiat 500L Easy ($20,195)
Standard equipment:fabric upholstery, manually operated air conditioning, manually adjustable seats with driver and passenger height adjustment, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, power windows, remote keyless entry, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system with USB port and auxiliary audio jack, heated power outside mirrors and 16-inch steel wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):6-speed twin-clutch transmission ($1,350); Preferred Package 22D ($700): dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 115-volt power adapter, rear seat armrest with cup holder; Easy Premier Package plus Beats Audio ($700): Premium 6-speaker audio system with subwoofer, SiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year subscription; power sunroof ($950), heated front seats ($350), black painted roof ($500)
Destination charge:$800
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$25545
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.4-liter turbocharged I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):160 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):184 @ 2500-4000
Transmission:6-speed twin clutch
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:24/33 mpg
Wheelbase:102.8 in.
Length/width/height:167.3/69.8/65.7 in.
Track, f/r:59.1/55.4 in.
Turning circle:32.3 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.4/54.9/40.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.0/49.4/36.7 in.
Cargo volume:21.3 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, twin-tube struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:twist-beam axle, coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers
Ground clearance:4.7 in.
Curb weigth:3254 lbs.
Tires:205/55R16
Brakes, f/r:cast iron single-piston disc/aluminum single-piston disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:13.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of July 22, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: - www.fiatusa.com